Courier Pigeons. This episode is about bike couriers, messengering, and the strangely outsized influence of a niche job on cycling culture. Stevil was one, so we hear some stories of his life in the streets, and then discuss why these dirtbags and daredevils are such a source of fascination for people who really shouldn’t be paying attention to them. Also, bacon grease as chamois cream.
Robot fell in love with cycling watching the older neighborhood kids ride wheelies down the street. It was the early '70s, and Evel Knievel was jumping motorcycles over buses. Everything seemed possible. From that moment, the die was cast (iacta alia est).
He studied philosophy in college, of course he did. That's what idealists do, romantics, kids who think there must be a better way. At the same time, bikes were carrying him everywhere, delivering all of life's gifts and surprises. Occasionally he crashed and didn't mind.